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Miskin Theatre Assignment

Assignment Cover Sheet

Assignment Reference:

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology

Brief IVd By: Andrew Pettitt

Title:

T3.2 Desert Island Discs

PASSED /RETURNED

Units:

Unit 14 - Listening Skills for Musicians (GC1-4)

Timing within Course:

Yr 1, Term 3, 2015

Date Set:

20th May 2015

Hand In Date:

5th June 2015

Special Considerations/

Independent Study is essential. Allow yourself project studio time.

Resources:

Access To Word Processor, access to internet.

Tutors in charge of Assignment:

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Matt Power

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Producer in charge of Assignment: Matt Power
Evidence: Podcast recording with music.
Grading Criteria: Pass, Merit or Distinction are attainable. The whole Unit is available.
English and Maths: This project may include embedded functional skills in English and Maths. Please bear in mind your industry requires eloquent
use of English and accurate use of figures.
Note on copyright and plagiarism: This process will require independent research. Copying from the internet and additional sources is not appropriate
and violates copyright and will be classed as plagiarism unless fully annotated and credited. You must make your work your own. We need to see that
you have an understanding of the areas that you have researched. Copying work directly from ANY source will not be tolerated. If you quote ANY
existing material you must put it in quotation marks and in brackets, attribute the source / author. For example: Conjuntivitus.com, now thats a site
for sore eyes! (Tim Vine, 2015, Live at the Bloomsbury)

SUBMISSION DEADLINES: 05/06/15


On completion of this project you should:

Unit 14 Listening Skills for Music


1.
2.
3.
4.

Know the musical components in recordings or performances.


Know the sonic components in recordings or performances.
Know the sonic faults or negative components of recordings or perfromances.
Know the texture of vocal and instrumental resources and their acoustic environment in recordings or performances.

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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology TERM 3
The Brief
Desert Island Discs
Scenario: as a music technologist with opinions on a range of music, you will be interviewed on a podcast version of Desert Island Discs where you have
been asked to discuss the musical and sonic components of 3 songs that you enjoy. You must also discuss the musical and sonic faults with one song you
do not enjoy.
Anyone working in music needs to have good listening skills. This project allows you to discuss how certain combinations of sonic and musical elements can create
positive, or indeed negative, results.
Though analytical hearing you will learn what to listen out for when comparing and contrasting music. You must discuss three songs as if you were being interviewed on
the radio. The songs are your choice, and can be of any genre within the popular music category. This project is particularly helpful as you will be discussing music that
is already of high fidelity, giving you clues of the ideals you may wish to achieve with your own recordings. Use your vocabulary to allow other listeners to hear and
discover the elements that you find crucial to the enjoyment you find in these recordings.
The fourth song you will describe will be one to which you believe has sonic and musical faults. This could be a live rendition of a track you have previously discussed or
indeed one of your own Logic recordings. The important point to the part of the project is that it is clear you can hear something when it isnt right, and then offer ways as
to correct it.
You will be working in pairs and will take it in turn to be the interviewer and interviewee but will produce two individual programmes. The interviewer will be given some
specific scripted questions for you to answer before, after, or during each of your chosen tracks. There can be an element of role-play involved, as you may wish to take
on the personality of a successful musician who is talking about the three songs that most inspired them. Lucid responses and a wide vocabulary are desired for your
answers. It may also be advisable to pick three different sounding tracks in order to give you more scope for your discussion.
Tasks:
1. Listen to and describe/explain/critically comment on the musical and sonic elements of 3 recordings in the context of a podcast with examples of each
song. (U14 GC 1+2).
2. Describe/explain/comment critically on the musical instruments in each track and how their acoustic surrounding affected their recording. (U14 GC4).
3. Hear and describe/explain/comment critically on the sonic and musical faults in a particular recording (U14 GC 3).
Evidence: A recorded podcast show, uploaded to your private Tumblr.

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Submission Date: 5 June 2015

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Miskin Theatre Grading Criteria Sheet (Please see your brief)


Qualification: Level 3 Diploma in Music Technology

Name:

Project:

Unit Title: 14 Listening Skills For Music Technologists

Criteria: 1-4

Initials: MP

I.V.:

To achieve a pass grade the


evidence must show the
learner is able to:

To achieve a merit grade the


evidence must show the
learner is able to:

To achieve a distinction grade


the evidence must show the
learner is able to:

P1 listen to recordings or performances


and describe the musical components

M1 listen to recordings or performances and


explain the musical components

D1 listen to recordings or performances and


critically comment on the musical
components

2 listen to recordings or performances and


describe the sonic components

M2 listen to a recording or performances and


explain the sonic components

D2 listen to a recording or performances and


critically comment on the sonic components

P3 hear and describe sonic and musical


faults in recordings or performances

M3 hear and explain the sonic and musical


faults in recordings or performances

D3 hear and comment critically on the sonic


and musical faults in recordings or
performances

P4 describe the textures of musical


instruments and the effect of the acoustic
environment on them.

M4 explain the textures of musical


instruments and sounds and the effect of the
acoustic environment on them.

D4 critically comment on the textures of


musical instruments and sounds and the
effect of the acoustic environment on them.

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Evidence

Grade
achieved
so far